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    Sale 2110

    Fine Photobooks From An Important Private Collection

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 109


    Price Realised  


    A complete set of artist's books. Various places: various publishers, 1963-1978.

    19 vols, various formats (95-205 mm x 115-380 mm). Original printed wrappers, most with glassine dust jacket when called-for (mostly in excellent condition, details follow).

    FIRST EDITIONS. A RARE COMPLETE SET, INCLUDING DUTCH DETAILS, WITH MANY INDIVIDUAL TITLES SIGNED OR INSCRIBED BY THE ARTIST. "The most renowned series of artist's books in the history of the genre, Ed Ruscha's works still retain their capacity to surprise, delight, and puzzle in equal measure. In the several decades since they were published, they have been much exhibited, written about and analyzed, yet they somehow are still objects of mystery and fascination, beguiling in their utter simplicity and immutable rightness" (The Photobook).

    The collection comprises: -- Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Alhambra, The Cunningham Press, 1963, (glassine with light wear), ONE OF 400 COPIES ONLY, from the collection of Peter Bunnell with his stamp; -- Various Small Fires and Milk, Los Angeles, Anderson, Ritchie and Simon, 1964, ONE OF 400 COPIES ONLY, INSCRIBED "TO PEACH FROM ED 1964"; -- Some Los Angeles Apartments, Los Angeles, Anderson, Ritchie and Simon, 1965, ONE OF 700 COPIES, SIGNED; -- Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, Edward Ruscha, 1966, THE FIRST PRINTING, in the original slipcase, and SIGNED ON THE SLIPCASE; -- Thirtyfour Parking Lots in Los Angeles, Edward Ruscha, 1967, (glassine with some tears and chips), SIGNED; -- Royal Road Test, Los Angeles, Edward Ruscha and Mason Williams, 1967, SIGNED; -- Business Cards, Billy Al Bengston and Edward Ruscha, 1968, SIGNED "ED RUSCHA" AND "B.A.B"; -- Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass, Edward Ruscha, 1968, SIGNED; -- Billy, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1968, (light wear to covers); -- Crackers, Hollywood, Heavy Industry, 1969, SIGNED; -- Babycackes With Weights, Edward Ruscha, 1970, SIGNED; -- Real Estate Opportunities, Edward Ruscha, 1970, (lacking glassine dust-jacket), SIGNED; -- A Few Palm Trees, Hollywood, Heavy Industry, 1971, SIGNED; -- Records, Los Angeles, Heavy Industry, 1971, SIGNED; -- Dutch Details, The Octopus Foundation Within the Framework of Sonsbeek 71, 1971, (one corner bumped, light wear); -- Colored People, Edward Ruscha, 1972, SIGNED; -- Edward Ruscha (Ed-werd Rew-Shay) Young Artist, Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1972, inscribed "Hello Chester Gump. Edward Ruscha" and with both business cards, (one card taped-in); -- Hard Light, Los Angeles, Edward Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner, 1978, SIGNED. 101 Books, pp.182-185; The Open Book, pp.198-201; The Photobook, vol. II, pp.140-43. With the rare photo-illustrated catalogue for the exhibition of 'Dutch Details' by Sonsbeek (19 June - 15 August, 1971). (19)

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